Master Gohei Mochi Making
Furusato Taikenkan Kiso-Fukushima : ふるさと体験館きそふくしま
Make Kiso’s Specialty Mochi-rice Sweats.
Kiso River Valley
Gohei was out logging his forest one day (hopefully not the treasured 'hinoki' Japanese cypress trees -- one tree would cost you one neck!). Tired of cold rice and cold miso for lunch, he pressed the rice on a stick, smothered it with miso and cooked it over a fire. Voila -- the Kiso Valley's favorite sweet snack, Gohei Mochi was born! At the Furusato Taikenkan activities center in Kiso Fukushima, you can learn how to replicate Gohei's feat at a Gohei Mochi cooking class.
Southern Nagano's Kiso Valley and Ina areas along with neighboring Aichi and Gifu Prefectures share a tradition for making a delicious snack called Gohei Mochi. The name is a bit misleading, as gohei mochi is made from regular white rice, not the mochi sticky rice. The rice is pressed into a sticky cake, stuck on a skewer, coated in a sweet sauce, covered with crushed nuts, and aromatically cooked over a flame.
Learn how to make this yummy treat at the Furusato Taikenkan activities center in Kiso Fukushima.
- Hours :
- 09:30-16:30 (last reception 15:00)
- Date(s) :
- Open daily except Wednesdays during the green season. Closed in winter.
- Cost / Price of Admission :
- Time Required :
- Reservations :
- # of Participants :
- Foreign Languages :
- (Instruction in Japanese.)
- Luggage Storage :
tel : +81(0)264-27-1011 fax : +81(0)264-27-1012 Official site
- By Train
- From Kiso Fukushima Station (JR Chuo Line), Take bus bound for Kaida Kogen (20 min.).
- By Car
- From Ina IC, By Car, from the main Kiso Valley highway Route 19, take Route 361 towards Kaida Kogen (15 min.).
- 6959 Shinkai, Kiso, Kiso 397-0002
- Narai-juku Post Town : "Narai of a Thousand Houses" -- Longest Post Town in all of Japan.
- Yokokawa Gorge : Picturesque Gorge Famous for Vibrant Spring and Fall Colors.
- Shinano Wine (Winery Tour) : Third Generation Winery
- Izutsu Wine (Winery) : Winery with a View of the Northern Alps, Surrounded by Picturesque Vineyards
- Okaya Silk Museum “Silk Fact Okaya” : Silk Museum Adjacent to an Actual Operating Silk Factory
- Tsutaya in Kiso-Fukushima : Relaxing Hotel Awash in the History of the Old Kiso Road.
- Oyado Iseya in Narai-Juku : Friendly Service and Delicious Kiso Home Cooking.
- Echigoya Ryokan in Narai-Juku : Immerse in an Edo-era Inn in Edo-era Post Town Narai-juku
- Awanoyu in Shirahone Onsen : Relax in Awanoyu's Milky White Mineral Water in Famous Shirahone Onsen.
- Yumoto Saito-Ryokan in Shirahone : Grand, historical ryokan featuring Shirahone’s unique milky-white onsen water.
- Bistro Matsushima-tei : Historical Post Town Building Reborn as Italian.
- Soba Kurumaya : Classic Kiso Hand-made Soba Shop with a 300-Year History.
- Soba Tokkuriya : Handmade Japanese Cuisine in and Edo-era Post Town.
- Farm Restaurant Tomato no Ki : Buffet-style Restaurant with Views of the Southern Alps.
- Chuo Alps Tozan-Guchi Meiji-tei : At the Base of the Chuo Alps, Sauce-Katsu with their own Original Sauce.
- How to do Sunki Lacto-Fermenting : Learn to Make Kiso Valley’s Unique Salt-free Pickling Technique.
- Make Chopsticks out of Hinoki : Use Kiso’s Famed Hinoki Wood to Make Your Own Pair of Chopsticks.
- Kiso-Fukushima 'Furusato Taikenkan' Activities Hall : The Place to Experience Kiso Valley's Distinct Culture
- Nanawarai Sake Brewery Tour : Tour the Nanawarai’s Sake Brewery, the Pride of Kiso Valley.
- Soba-Uchi (Making Buckwheat Noodles) at Soba Mecca Kaida Kogen : Make Soba Noodles by Hand in Kaida Kogen, Buckwheat Paradise at Mt. Ontake.